Television: Midseason Countdown

While viewers whose taste buds function even moderately well are finding this year's television diet more dyspepsiant than ever, last week's Nielsen ratings (for the two weeks ending Dec. 4) reported a total listenership of nearly 26 million homes per minute, granted all three networks the first simultaneous rise in years. CBS, with a 4% increase in audience size over the same period last season, retained its lead with a nighttime Nielsen of 20.1. ABC, registering an impressive 15% gain, nearly closed the gap with a 19.2 rating. NBC, Huntley-Brinkleymanship and all, dropped into third place, with a 17.3 average...

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